Feb. 14, 2014


Vandy Has Slight Edge in SEC


CollegeBaseballInsider.com surveyed college coaches around the country to preview the 2014 college baseball season by sharing their thoughts on the teams and players to watch in their conferences. CBI compiled their answers to provide insight on the upcoming season. click here for CBI Conference Previews


Today, we take a look at the SEC (eight coaches responded).

Additions: none

Departures: none


The team to beat: Vanderbilt


The top starting pitchers: Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt)*; Austin Nola (LSU)*; Jordan Montgomery (South Carolina)


The top closer: Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State)


The pitcher you least want to face: Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt)


The most underrated pitcher: No player received more than one vote


The best defensive catcher: Grayson Greiner (South Carolina)


The best catcher arm: Grayson Greiner (South Carolina)


The best defensive infielder: Mikey White (Alabama)


The best infield arm: Joey Pankake (South Carolina)


The best defensive outfielder: Austin Cousino (Kentucky)


The best outfield arm: Justin Shafer (Florida)


The best pure hitters: Alex Bregman (LSU)*; Brian Anderson (Arkansas); Cole Lankford (Texas A&M); Scott Price (Tennessee)


The biggest power threats: A.J. Reed (Kentucky); Wes Rea (Mississippi State); Joey Pankake (South Carolina)


The hitter you least want to face: Alex Bregman (LSU)


The toughest hitter to strike out: Alex Bregman (LSU)


The most underrated hitter: Scott Price (Tennessee)


The best baserunner: Will Maddox (Tennessee)


The best game coach: John Cohen (Mississippi State); Dave Van Horn (Arkansas)


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Butch Thompson (Mississippi State)


*unanimous selection